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Since When is Size 12 Plus Size?

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Just wandering around online and saw an article about a first for plus size models. Interesting and exciting...until I read it. It was about Ralph Lauren hiring it's first plus size model. She's a size 12. A 12!!!! How insane is that?

I know being overweight/obese isn't healthy, but we can't as a society continue making larger people out to be freaks of nature. It's not like the majority of us said to ourselves, "I think I'll make myself unhealthy and tired, and depressed (or whatever you're feeling right now)". I have a 13 year old daughter that is overweight and she knows it. She sees the ads and things that glorify being scary skinny. Now she's refusing to eat lunch because she wants to lose weight. That frightens me.

It's not that I think we should glorify being unhealthy, but let's at least be honest. A 12 is not plus size. It's average-ish. I don't think we should be made to feel ashamed or like bad people because we don't fit the fashion world's idea of perfection. But that's how I feel sometimes (pretty sure my daughter feels that way too), as if because I am not smaller I am less deserving.

Frankly, I don't think I've been a 12 since I was 12. I'd like to be and I am going to do my best to get there, but until I do I'd like to be able to see the clothes that are my size on a model that is my size.
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    Women need to embrace their femininity...we are supposed to be soft and have curves. And each individual person has their own "perfect size". I am not that tall (5'4) but I have a large frame and IF I was grotesquely thin I could wear a size 10. Size 12 is my perfect size, and I will get back there again. I hear so many women complain about their "weight" when they are not fat at all..they just need to tone up. Anyone...I don't care how thin you are if you don't exercise and tone your muscles you will be flabby. Most of the "high fashion" models look curves and like a skeleton covered with skin. I personally, do not want that for myself. So I don't bother comparing myself to them. Or anyone else. It's time we start looking inward. The comparisons we need to make are are we unhealthy? Do we have any toning up to do that would take us from flab to fab? What makes you feel good about yourself? We are our own most important critics. If you feel great about yourself then it will make a HUGE difference about how the world looks at you. If you feel terrible about yourself the world is going to look at you in that light also. Confidence IS beauty. I wish you and your daughter the best in reaching your goals! emoticon
    2002 days ago
    Wow that's ridiculous! There is a lot of people who thing skipping meals will make them lose weight. Will your daughter join SP or at least read the articles about healthy weight loss?
    2007 days ago
    How true, 12 is an average size.
    2007 days ago
    It's sad but I'm not surprised. The fashion industry's image is so skewered. A size 12 does not have the same look on everybody. One thing about size 12 that I love is that is readily available on the store rack. I rather be a healthy size 12 than a size 2 fashion model who looks like they're ready to pass out from being malnourished.
    2007 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/21/2012 3:45:26 AM
    You got that RIGHT!! That's ridiculous!

    I totally agree with Ms Fish..who cares about the number if you're fit enought to do what you'de like to do :)

    emoticon paula
    2008 days ago
  • ADDI_B
    I wanted to post a picture as a commen but best I can do is a link to another spark member's page with the pic... Kind of a good perspective image to look at since women and girls focus on being skinnier and skinnier.
    2008 days ago
    It is a number! When I was a kid a size 9 fit if you weighed 110 to 120, now I think with that they put you in a size 2 or 0. I do not look at the number, but how the clothes fit. I have found if you can physically do what you want - as a child you want to be able to ride a bike, be agile, no better exercise than dancing. If you are enjoying life and are physically able to do the things you enjoy, why look at a number.
    2008 days ago
  • JO88BAKO
    I'm with you. Shame on them. I'd do cartwheels if I could wear a size 12.
    2008 days ago
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